Press Release


The Second Captive Firing Test
for the First Stage Flight Model Tank
for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle

April 17, 2009 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. would like to announce that we will hold the second captive firing test (CFT) for the first stage flight model tank of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle using the core vehicle of the H-IIB Test Flight (Flight No. 1) Launch Vehicle and its ground facility at the Tanegashima Space Center. The second CFT is part of the series of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle development tests.

The Second CFT:
Test date: April 20 (Mon.) 2009
Test duration: 150 seconds
Test site: Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima Space Center
Test purposes: (1) Comprehensive verification test for the first stage propulsion system using the actual fright model tank.
(2) Confirmation of the interface between the core launch vehicle and the facility.

The test day is subject to change due to weather or operational conditions.